From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
National Examinations Council (NECO) has been drawn to complaints by some schools whose candidates are unable to sit for the on- going Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) that commenced on Monday, 24th August 2020.
This was contained in a press statement issued by the Council, Head of Information and Public Relations, Azeez Sani which was made available to journalists yesterday in Minna.
NECO explained that adequate opportunity was provided well in advance for all schools to register their candidates. This was given that some schools and/or candidates may have faced difficulties in the course of the registrations.
According to the statement, “Due largely to this and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council extended the duration for registration to 12 midnight of Friday, 21st August 2020”.
He noted that the extension was widely publicized through various platforms with the aim of accommodation late registration however regretted that despite these measures, some schools failed to complete the registration or enrollment processes.
Consequently, “It is therefore instructive to restate that the closure of the Portal on the said date was not punitive or designed to undermine registrants and schools. It was however to allow the Council produce and distribute materials to Examination Centers for seamless conduct of the exercise”.
NECO therefore assured the public of its commitment to effective and efficient conduct of all examinations within its statutory mandates. In this regard, it will continue to engage all stakeholders as may be appropriate.